Games from the 6th:
Tampa Bay Rays 6 - Baltimore Orioles 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of 9th, with the Orioles down 4-1, and gave up 2 runs (1-out, 2-run homer to Johnny Damon) over an inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 22-18 NP-S, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.
Cincinnati Reds 5 - Chicago Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: line out to short, ground out to first (safe on error), ground out to first, strikeout looking, walk.
NY Mets 6 - LA Dodgers 3
Hiroki Kuroda started the game for the Dodgers and gave up 5 runs over 5.2 innings of work (including a solo homer and a 3-run homer) for the loss. He is now 3-3 on the year. Final line: 5.2 IP, 26 BF, 89-52 NP-S, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR.
Ryota Igarashi (NYM) entered the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first, 2 out, and the Mets down 3-2. Igarashi gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but struck out Jerry Sands to end the inning. He became the winning pitcher when Jason Pridie hit a 3-run homer for the Mets in the bottom half of the inning. Final line: 0.1 IP, 2 BF, 8-5 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.
The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from the StarTribune:
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the Opening Day second baseman, has been taking ground balls at both shortstop and second as he rehabs from his broken left fibula in Fort Myers, Fla. Nishioka will get one more X-ray before he is cleared to begin a minor league rehab stint, assistant trainer Dave Pruemer said, adding that this probably will come next week.
Gardenhire also wants to see this new middle-infield combination, leaving the door open for Plouffe or Casilla to remain in the lineup after Nishioka returns.
"It's not so much moving [Nishioka]," Gardenhire said. "I just want my options open there. I saw him get beat up at second base, and I also saw Lexi struggle at shortstop. I want Nishi to go over there at shortstop and see if that's the better route."
The Seattle Mariners presented the American Red Cross with US$210,000 on the 6th for relief efforts in Japan. The Mariners' press release:
The Seattle Mariners tonight will present a check to the American Red Cross totaling $210,000 for Japan relief efforts. The amount includes $110,000 that was raised through fan and Front Office employee donations, as well as the Mariners match of $100,000.
In addition to the donation from the Mariners, Nintendo of America Inc. of Redmond, WA, the majority owner of the Club, is matching donations from its employees to either the American Red Cross or Americares. Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, the parent company of Nintendo of America Inc., is making a contribution to relief efforts in Japan. It has announced on its website that they would donate 300,000,000 Yen, or the equivalent of $3.7 million to earthquake relief efforts.